Cape Town - The murder rate in South Africa increased by 4.9% for the period 2015/16, according to the latest crime statistics released on Friday.
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"It still seems to be a problematic crime that we are facing," Major General Norman Sekhukhune, head of police crime research and statistics, told Parliament´s police portfolio committee.
Murders happened mostly indoors, among people known to each other. Alcohol abuse was prominent in such crimes.
The only province to have shown a decrease in the murder rate was the Northern Cape, with a drop of 9.9%.
Sexual offences decreased by 3.2%.
Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 2.7%, while common assault went up 2.2%.